IHG Names New Lead for Luxury & Lifestyle Portfolio in the Americas

IHG Hotels & Resorts has appointed Leanne Harwood as its new senior vice president, managing director, Luxury & Lifestyle Americas. Upon assuming her role on March 1, Harwood will oversee the daily operations of the division, drive performance and operations of IHG’s six Luxury & Lifestyle brands and support their growth in the region.

An industry veteran with nearly three decades of hospitality experience, Harwood currently serves as SVP, managing director for IHG’s Japan, Australasia and Pacific region. She has led regional growth since assuming this position in January 2018, expanding its reach to include nearly 160 open or in-pipeline hotels highlighted by the signings of the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, Kimpton Margot Sydney, RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka and Regent Kyoto. Harwood also played an instrumental role in the global and regional launches of the company’s fast-growing voco hotels and Vignette Collection brands over the last few years.

“Leanne has built a proven reputation among IHG and the broader industry as a trusted and strategic leader, and I have no doubt she is the right person to lead the next era of growth for our Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio—already one of the largest in the world—in the Americas region," Jolyon Bulley, CEO – Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. "From operations, commercial and sales to food and beverage, her depth and breadth of experience is very well-suited for this role. I look forward to working with Leanne and her leadership team to introduce our leading Luxury & Lifestyle brands to even more owners, guests and markets in the coming years.”

Prior to joining IHG, Harwood held roles of increasing leadership and responsibility across various sales, operations and commercial teams. She began her hospitality journey at a hotel bar in New Zealand and ultimately became its food and beverage director and later New Zealand’s first female hotel concierge.

A version of this article originally appeared on www.hotelmanagement.net.

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